Application and Forms

Candidates may either apply online or via downloadable print application.
Admission is a two-step process. First, you must apply to the UNC Graduate School and International Admissions. Completed applications are evaluated and then forwarded to the School of Special Education faculty for review and recommendation. Contact the Graduate School and International Admissions office (970 351-2831) or get an application online.
Submit the following materials along with the application fee. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the processing of your application.

  • A completed UNC Graduate School application form.
  • Two official transcripts from every accredited college or university attended since high school.
  • Two letters of reference from supervisors, university faculty, or colleagues.
  • Statement of educational philosophy and goals.
  • TOEFL scores for international applicants.
  • A copy of your teacher license or verification of passing the Elementary Education PLACE or PRAXIS II test.

The form used for a letter of recommendation must include a letter either printed on the back of the form or attached.  The letter must have an original signature. E-mailed letters with no original signature will not be accepted. Letters of recommendation may come from academic professors, employers, or from someone who is familiar with your work and professional career.

In addition to the applications and letters of recommendation, the School of Special Education requires a written Statement of Educational Philosophy and Goals.  This need not be lengthy. A statement regarding your teaching philosophy and why you desire the degree is sufficient, usually 1or 2 word-processed pages. 

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. We encourage you to apply several months prior to your anticipated start date to ensure acceptance prior to the subsequent semester’s registration deadlines.

The Graduate School and International Admissions office will hold the application and materials until all original transcripts have been received, whether the on-line application or the printed application is used.  The Graduate School and International Admissions office will not forward the application to the School of Special Education until all items have been received. It is imperative that you send the PLACE or Praxis II results directly to the School of Special Education as we will not receive them otherwise. The speed of processing the application depends on how long it takes for the Graduate School and International Admissions office to receive the materials.

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. We encourage you to apply several months prior to your anticipated start date to ensure acceptance prior to the subsequent semester’s registration deadlines.  However, if you need to start your program before the admission process has been completed, you may take up to 9 credit hours of coursework by applying as an “unclassified” student. Click on the “Course Registration” link for more details.

If your application is denied, you may request that your application be reconsidered. If you would like this decision to be reconsidered, you should send a letter specifying why you believe you should be admitted, with specific information on steps you would take to assure acceptance and subsequent successful completion of the program. If further information is needed, you may be asked to come in for an interview.